Che Guevara liked to tell this little story about himself and the early months of the Cuban Rev olution. He told it, if not often, well – often enough. It always made Che laugh at himself and it always makes me laugh too, although it’s not funny in any kind of hilarious sense. It’s the kind of small joke you tell when you miss someone you never knew, because it can feel like a memory.
Fidel Castro scheduled a meeting with his new Cabinet. He had recently fired the president of the National Bank and needed a replacement. Fidel had several people in mind, but he was in no rush. In fact, some of Cuba’s major bankers had been invited to stick around for a while at their customary capitalist wages, and a few of them had.
Che immediately raised his hand.
“I didn’t know you were an economist”, said Fidel.
“Oh!”, said Che. “I thought you said you needed a good communist.”